As a camp director, I can easily say that the part of my job that gives me the most joy are my staff. To see their growth as caregivers and people as well as sometimes helping them get an idea of what they'd like to do for a career path is something I am very proud of. This is why the program that I am most passionate about as a camp director is our Leader in Training program. This program is for 13-15 year olds in our community and aims to "build tomorrow's leaders today."
We give these teens a foundation and guideline to 'work within' as a teen helper in camp. They have educational sessions each Monday with leaders in our business as well as in our community. In the past, these have included our president Jeff Metzger teaching them how to give a proper handshake and introduce yourself professionally, our vice president Steve Greeley talking about body language and what it says to parents, potential employers or our HR manager Lyndsey talking them through interviewing skills and tips. We've had local businesses come in to teach about financial management and growth, opening checking accounts and the like. This program has turned out (just in my five summers as Camp DL) over 20 camp staff members after completing the program.
The change in these young people extends beyond a job or gaining employment. Here's what one parent had to say about her daughter's involvement in the LIT program at Kids First:
"I want to take this opportunity to thank Kids First for the Camp-a-Palooza’s LIT (Leaders In Training) and CIT (Counselors In Training) programs. My daughter participated in the two (2) years of LIT and one (1) year of CIT. When she began the programs she was quiet and not very confident in her ability to interact with others outside of her comfort zone. As a result of the team building, conflict resolution activities, imagination games, and the overall interaction with children of various age groups – her self-confidence, self-value- and self-esteem has grown and she has blossomed into a confident young lady. The interaction with the leaders and campers has shown her that through play and hard work both everyone involved learns and grows. All of these lessons are lessons that she would not have gained if not through the hard work and dedication of the staff."
This summer's LIT Coordinator is actually a former LIT himself! Alex Elma has been a camper, LIT, CIT (Counselor in Training) and a camp counselor for several years. This year, he is excited to work with the teens and develop the future generation of leaders in our camp, our local schools and our community.
To sign up or learn more about this amazing opportunity, simply click here!
LIT applications are accepted until positions are filled!
We're looking forward to an amazing summer of team building, character building and new, young leaders.